The Girl From Summer Hill is the start of a new Jude Deveraux series as well as a re-imagination of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Those who have read Austen’s book or seen the movies will enjoy Summer Hill’s little nods to the source material. But knowledge of Pride and Prejudice isn’t needed to enjoy this quick and sweet contemporary romance.
Story: Casey has relocated from D.C. to Virginia in order to find some balance in her life as a highly sought after chef. Tate Landers is looking forward to a vacation in the rustic little Virginia town of Summer Hill in order to escape the hectic life of a top shelf Hollywood actor. When a chance encounter (Tate showering naked on her back porch while she enjoys the view with a cup of coffee) transition into regular contact through a local production of a Pride and Prejudice play, the two will discover a powerful attraction – if their pride and misunderstandings don’t get in the way.
Yes, this is well-tread territory: feisty female, big misunderstandings, and the usual thin line between love and hate that always creates sparks. Side characters here aren’t forgotten, though, and each is quirky and with amusing nods to Austen’s original characters. Setting a Pride and Prejudice plotline with a Pride and Prejudice in-book play (perhaps a nod to Austen’s Northanger Abbey) was a clever way to ensure those who didn’t read P&P could keep up.
Chapter headings refer to the Austen book characters but with their modern counterparts instead. There are amusing scenes and a few interesting diversions from P&P to keep the book interesting. In all, it is quite smart and an easy Summer read. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.